PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The current drought in Texas is reaching substantial proportions. Texas is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state’s history according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This particular drought is affecting farmers, ranchers, and landowners throughout the state of Texas, so where can these individuals go for advice? The Cooperative Extension Program is ready to help and is hosting a workshop on August 6 at Prairie View A&M University in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension building located on the corner of L.W. Minor and E.M. Norris streets.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by the workshop that starts at 9:30 a.m. Some of the topics include: livestock forage program, non-insured crop disaster assistance, supplemental revenue assistance, tree assistance program, livestock indemnity and emergency forest restoration. The workshops will focus on how to survive not only this drought, but other droughts that may be coming in the near future.
According to Billy Lawton, program specialist, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension Program, many farmers have resorted to selling their animals because they can’t feed their cattle while others are consuming significant amounts of water to feed their crops. Many farmers are running their water systems for 24 hours in order to keep the crops growing.
“No summer crops mean no winter hay for the cattle,” stated Lawton. “Many farmers are feeding their cattle hay in the summer because the grass is not growing. More wildfires are being ignited because of the dryness in the air due to the drought.” Lawton also said that the drought is having an economic effect resulting in higher cost production. “Food prices are rising, and no hay production for the farmers means a tough winter is ahead.”
For more information about the workshop contact Billy Lawton at 936/261-5117, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Alfred L. Parks, professor, Prairie View A&M University, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, at (936) 261-2529, email@example.com. Information can also be found at http://pvcep.pvamu.edu.
Writer: Dontrelle Caldwell, PVAMU Business Marketing Major and Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications PVAMU Cooperative Extension Program